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Name Lake Roosevelt
Details Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake in Washington is a 151 mile long reservoir was formed in the Columbia River by the backwaters of Grand Coulee Dam. It extends from the dam east and north, between Okanogan, Lincoln, Ferry, and Stevens counties to the boundary of British Columbia, and for varying distances up each of the tributary streams. It is normally 1,290 ft. elevation and acts as a storage basin for hydroelectric power and for irrigation of lands in the Inland Empire. Planning for the lake by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation started in 1936. Most of the water had been impounded by 1940. All of the timber and most structures below an elevation of 1,310 feet were removed, including the towns of Keller, Peach, Lincoln, Gerome, Inchelium, Gifford, Daisy, Hunters, Kettle Falls, Boyds, and Marcus. Some of these towns were moved to higher elevations, retaining their identities, or some citizens moved to other towns. On April 17, 1945, the lake was named by Harold Ickes, Secretary of the Interior, for Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd president of the U.S. (1933-1945). Other names suggested were Lake Columbia, Columbia River Reservoir, Empire Lake, Lake O'Sullivan, Lake Spokane and Swa-Nekt-ohu.

Associated Records

Image of 2001.004.0019 - Transparency, Slide

2001.004.0019 - Transparency, Slide

From the slide series "Development of the Columbia Basin," Set #13. Nineteenth slide of series (color), "This picture shows the top of the spillway and the Roosevelt Lake that extends upstream for 151 miles to the Canadian border, flooding many former towns and small farms." Picture of transformers, dam, and Lake Roosevelt with hills in background. "Lake Roosevelt - back of dam" written in ink on bottom half of slide frame. "KODACHROME / TRANSPARENCY / PROCESSED BY KODAK" on one side of slide. Description of slide from "Development of the Columbia Basin" slide script.

Image of 2001.004.0020 - Transparency, Slide

2001.004.0020 - Transparency, Slide

From the slide series "Development of the Columbia Basin," Set #13. Twenthieth slide of series (color), "Closer view of the Roosevelt Lake behind the dam, with a log boom across it to prevent logs and floating objects from going over the top of the dam." Picture of dam and Lake Roosevelt with hills in background. "Lake Roosevelt" written in ink on bottom half of slide frame. "KODACHROME / TRANSPARENCY / PROCESSED BY KODAK" on one side of slide. Description of slide from "Development of the Columbia Basin" slide script.